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Reubenesque

October 29, 2018 by
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Of all the flavors of Omaha, one of our most famous is the Reuben. First served at the Blackstone Hotel in the 1920s (and named after local grocer Reuben Kulakofsky), the sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus worldwide. Omaha’s love for the sandwich is apparent in all the ways we recreate it. For decades, Omaha chefs have been pulling apart the historical combo of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and rye bread, and reassembling the ingredients to create new ways of celebrating the dish. The result is a range of fare, from those that closely resemble their breaded ancestor, to others more deserving of the title “Reubenesque.”

Here are just a few of the places you can grab a fresh taste of an Omaha classic remixed, right in the city where it all began.

REUBENFEST AT CRESCENT MOON
Located just across the street from the old Blackstone Hotel, Crescent Moon (3578 Farnam St.) dedicates an entire week every November to the Reuben sandwich and its many variations: Reubenfest. Last year, Reubenfest brought in an estimated 500-600 visitors per day, with more than 4,000 Reuben-themed dishes served by the end of the week. Reubenfest 2018 runs from Nov. 5-10 and will see the return of many crowd favorites, including Reuben pizzas, burritos, egg rolls, and calzones, as well as new Reubenesque offerings. If you hope to catch a bite of the action, plan your visit to avoid peak meal times when the restaurant is packed and tables are hard to come by.

Crescent Moon Reuben Sandwich

TEX-MEX
Ever in the mood for Tex-Mex and a Reuben, and you simply can’t decide? Omaha’s got your back—and your taste buds. You can head on over to Dundee’s Place (7024 Maple St.) for that Reuben flavor stuffed inside a shell with their tasty Reuben tacos. Or drop by Two Fine Irishmen (18101 R Plaza) and ask for a plate of their Reuben nachos.

Two Fine Irishmen Reuben Nachos

SAUSAGES / HOT DOGS
Is a hot dog a sandwich? What about a Reuben sandwich/hot dog mashup? Find out for yourself with this tribute to a tribute, the Kansas City Reuben at B&B Classic Dogs (1020 Lincoln Road in Bellevue). The Bellevue dog was inspired by a concessions item at Kauffman Stadium. Stoysich House of Sausage (multiple locations) offers the Round Reuben, a fully cooked sausage made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for those looking to take the Reubenesque home. Chicago Dawg House’s food truck, the Weenie Wagon, also offers the Stoysich Round Reuben on St. Patrick’s Day.

DEEP-FRIED
Aside from Crescent Moon’s Reubenfest, you can find Reuben egg rolls at a variety of restaurants around town, including Paddy McGown’s Pub & Grill (4503 Center St.), Dundee Dell (5007 Underwood Ave.), or further west at Clancy’s Pub (2905 S. 168th St). For those reminiscing over Localmotive Food Truck’s famous Reuben rounders, stop by Over Easy (16859 Q St.) on a weekend night, where the food truck’s menu is served seasonally.

Dundee Dell Egg Roll Reuben

PIZZA
You might know that March is National Reuben Month, but did you know that Omaha declared a Reuben Sandwich Day? March 14, 2013, was the inaugural Reuben Day. If you missed the holiday this year, you can always join the fun in March at Mama’s Pizza, where they serve a Reuben pizza all month long at all of their three Omaha locations.

Mama’s Reuben Pizza

VEGGIES
Veggie lovers can celebrate Rueben pride, too. At Wilson & Washburn (1407 Harney St.), order a traditional-style Reuben sandwich with their original beet dressing added. For more animal-friendly takes on the Reuben, Modern Love (which recently moved to 3157 Farnam St.) has offered Reuben Mac & Shews (a variation of their vegan Mac & Shews) and recently added the Seitan Beet Reuben to their permanent menu.

Modern Love Veggie Reuben

ALTERNATIVES & VARIATIONS
Still want more Reuben? Try the gluten-free California Reuben at Big Green Q (6023 Maple St.), a sweeter take on the original recipe. If you’re looking for a slightly leaner version of the sandwich, try the Rachel, a variation made with turkey instead of corned beef. The Rachel can be found at a variety of restaurants around Omaha, including Brazen Head Irish Pub (319 N. 78th St.). Or if you’re looking for a little extra on your plate, head on over to Gorat’s Steakhouse (4917 Center St.), where you can order a triple-decker Reuben. 


This article was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Dundee’s Place Reuben Taco

Don’t be a Mean Girl

October 18, 2018 by


Poster by John-Paul Gurnett

Pick of the Week—Saturday, Oct. 20: Gay AF: A Comedy Show, featuring Daniel Franzese from Mean Girls is happening this weekend at Flixx Lounge & Cabaret Show Bar, and we have a lot of feelings about it. David Burdge will be the host for this special show, which will also feature several other local comedians. But you don’t need ESPN to know why we’re extra excited—there will be a meet and greet with Franzese after the show, with photos and merchandise available. Miss this one and you won’t ever be the cool mom. It’s going to be fetch, so you go, Glen Coco, and go early! Because at only $5, you can’t sit with us if you’re late. So get in, loser. We’re getting tickets here.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Israeli-born Jewish rapper from New Jersey Kosha Dillz has been dubbed “the world’s most interesting rapper.” And that title certainly seems well-deserved. He’s worked with everyone from Macklemore to RZA to Snoop Dogg. (You might recognize one of his songs from a Super Bowl commercial.) While his skin color, quick lyrics, and freestyle skills likely draw comparisons to Eminem, it’s his unique worldview that makes him stand out. Plus, his renowned rapport with the audience guarantees you’ll have a great time. Check him out tonight at Reverb Lounge. Chances are, you won’t be able to see him live in an intimate venue like this for much longer. Get your tickets here now.

Friday, Oct. 19: It’s the first Rocksteady, Reggae & Soul Night at Dundee’s Place this Friday, so get your jammin’ shoes on. The DJ will spin actual records featuring Soul, Ska, Reggae, Motown, and Rocksteady music you can free your mind to while sipping on a nice cold Red Stripe or a tasty Appleton Estate rum drink. Click here to keep up with the details.

Friday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 20: Think you need some survival practice for the upcoming zombie apocalypse (or other world-ending event)? Haunted Zombie Shoot House at 88 Tactical has you covered—literally. They will provide the airsoft guns and protective gear for you and your team to conquer the “live” zombies. Want to save yourself in the end? Better practice now. All that running and zombie hunting can really work up an appetite, so Halloween treats will be available in the Ammo Box Cafe. Don’t ask for the brains, though. That’s a dead giveaway you’ve been infected. Learn more here (while you can).

Sunday, Oct. 21: Growl-O-Ween 2018 is here! Head to Woof & Whiskers with your pet in tow (as long as they’re friendly) and take your doggo child trick or treating. Best of all, your dollars will be going to local charities. For a $10 donation, you and your dog can enjoy games, treats and tricks, and visit the vendors. Caricature drawings of your babe are an additional $10, and professional pet groomers will be doing Nail Trims ($10) & Grinds ($12). If your pup is feeling it, dress them up and enter them in the costume contest to win big prizes. Happening from noon until 3 p.m. Having some training/behavior issues? No problem. You can still participate in the fun. Find out how by putting your paw down here.